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Annual Conference

The Chicago Association for Psychoanalytic Psychology in association with The Institute for Clinical Social Work at Robert Morris Center & The Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Presents our Annual Conference:

Revenge and Forgiveness: Working Through the Pain and Anger

Sat., March 23, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Institute for Clinical Social Work at Robert Morris Center
401 S. State St.
8th Floor Auditorium
Chicago, IL

Join us as we explore revenge and the process of working through it including wrestling with forgiveness and reconciliation. International psychoanalysts Tomas Bohm, MD and Suzanne Kaplan, PhD will discuss their research on revenge from a psychoanalytic viewpoint as it pertains to both extraordinary societal trauma, and intimate traumatic injuries such as infidelity. Their discussion includes an elucidation of "the revenge spiral" that makes revenge so potent in all contexts, and the ways this plays out in their work with the revenge and reconciliation dynamics involved in their treatment with couples.

Turning to the traumatic events in Laramie, Wyoming playwright Stephen Wangh, MFA and psychoanalytic psychotherapist Scott Pytluk, PhD will consider events and dynamics from a psychoanalytic perspective as local residents absorbed and worked through the aftermath of the brutal murder of a gay college student by two of their fellow townspeople,. They will also look at the role of revenge and forgiveness for the LGBTQ communities, including implications for treatment with these groups.

Program Faculty

Tomas Bohm, MD, Training Analyst, Sweden; Suzanne Kaplan, PhD , Child & Training Analyst, Faculty, Uppsala University, Sweden Stephen Wangh, MFA, Playwright, Co‐author "The Laramie Project"; Director, Teacher Scott Pytluk, PhD, University Fellow and Faculty, The Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Analytic Candidate, Chicago Center for Psychoanalysis

Program at a Glance
  • Stephen Wangh, MFA, & Scott Pytluk, PhD, A Rush to Judgment: Revenge andForgiveness in The Laramie Project and in Analysis

  • Suzanne Kaplan, Ph.D. About the Psychology of the Revenge Spiral

  • Tomas Bohm, MD Psychological Aspects of Revenge in Society

  • Tomas Bohm, MD, & Suzanne Kaplan, Ph.D. Everyday Revenge as Expressed in Psychoanalysis and in Couples Therapy

  • Grand Discussion ‐ All Speakers

With the generous support of The Center on Halsted, CAPP is sponsoring a free screening of HBO's production ofhe Laramie Project HBO production on Jan. 25, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at The Center on Halsted.

Postdoctoral Fellow Position

George Washington University Professional Psychology Program

The George Washington University Professional Psychology Program offers unique doctoral (PsyD) and postdoctoral clinical psychology training, embracing a broad, contemporary psychodynamic focus and service to the diverse, urban community in which we are located.

We offer a postdoctoral fellowship program based in our Center Clinic and focused on administrative and clinical responsibilities in our externship program. For the 2013-2014 year, we anticipate offering one or two postdoctoral fellowship (full or half-time). These positions are particularly suited for applicants who envision academic or clinical leadership career trajectories, and are an excellent springboard to psychoanalytic institute training and/or academic positions.

Postdoctoral fellows have ample opportunity to develop advanced clinical skills in assessment and in various modalities of psychotherapy through supervised direct service in our Center Clinic. Fellows can also develop advanced skills in research, teaching, supervision, and clinic administration. The design of the Fellowship is somewhat flexible, and can be tailored to the interests of the fellows selected in any given year. Our entire program faculty, whose backgrounds and areas of interest are detailed on our website, are potentially available to supervise and to work closely with the postdoctoral fellows.

Our Center Clinic provides more than 200 contact hours per week to patients of all ages and diverse backgrounds and with a wide variety of diagnoses. Regular team meetings and practica offer a rich teaching-learning environment, as do our ongoing didactic curriculum, colloquia, and the research activities being conducted in our clinic. Grand rounds and other teaching conferences at George Washington University and at other institutions throughout the Washington, D.C. area provide additional learning opportunities.

Terms of Fellowship Appointment

Length & Start Date
The fellowship is a one year position, renewable for a second year based on performance and interest. The 2013-14 fellowship will likely begin in August 2013.

Stipends & Compensation
$37,000 first year (full time). The position offers healthcare benefits, sick and annual leave, several university-observed holidays, and other excellent benefits.

Basic Qualifications
A PsyD or PhD degree in clinical or counseling psychology from an APA-accredited program.

Applicants are asked to submit the following:

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • A transcript sent directly from the university granting the doctoral degree.

  • A detailed statement of interest and relevant prior professional experience.

  • Please include your preferred area of specialization, and discuss your background and interest in psychodynamic clinical psychology, your previous training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychodynamically oriented psychological assessment, and your long-term career aspirations.

  • A sample, de-identified comprehensive psychological evaluation report, preferably involving the Rorschach.

  • Three letters of recommendation, with full contact information for each reference.

  • All items except the transcript may be submitted electronically or by fax.


Applicants with a wide variety of backgrounds are warmly encouraged to apply. Applicants without prior training in the Rorschach (Exner Comprehensive System and/or R- PAS) will need to be willing to acquire supervised Rorschach experience prior to beginning the fellowship. Our faculty may be available to assist via distance learning.

The application deadline for the 2013-14 fellowship is Jan. 2, 2013.

After a review of applications, finalists will be invited for an interview early in 2013. Please submit all requested materials to:

Heather M. Ovenshire, Program Secretary
Professional Psychology Program
The George Washington University
1922 F Street, NW, ground floor
Washington, DC 20052
Telephone: (202) 994-4929
Fax: (202) 994-4800

The New Directions program of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis

Are you interested in writing?

If you are interested in writing, either personal or professional, non-fiction, fiction or poetry, please take a look at New Directions, a three-year program that combines writing and psychoanalytic thinking. Sponsored by the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, New Directions consists of three weekend conferences a year, each focused on a different psychoanalytic theme, with a variety of writing groups, workshops and retreats. We are beginning our 16th year and have a wonderful community, made up of people from around the US, Canada and Europe, who are committed to writing and psychoanalytic thought.

For more information and a link to our 2012-2013 brochure, please visit the New Directions website. Or get in touch with us directly - Sharon Alperovitz, Catherine Anderson, Don Chiapinelli, Bob Winer, Kerry Malawista, and Mary Carpenter, all program co-chairs.

And here's a bit more detail:

In seasonal weekend conferences and optional six-day summer and four-day winter retreats, our community of students, alumni, teachers, and guest faculty come together to explore selected aspects of the psychoanalytic domain. Upcoming conference topics are: queering the couch, the mind of the child in the adult, home, surface to depth, the writing alliance, love and hate in the kitchen, mid-life and beyond, the writer's voice, and betrayal. Recent guest faculty have included Patrick Casement, Ethel Person, Jay Greenberg, Daniel Schacter, Warren Poland, Christine Courtois, Jessica Benjamin, Philip Ringstrom, Darlene Ehrenberg, Theodore Jacobs, Salman Akhtar, and Regina Pally, among others.

A special focus of the program is writing. While some of our students are extensively published and others are inexperienced, they are all invested in developing their authorial skills. Although the majority of them are pursuing professional writing, several are interested in the crafting of essay, memoir, fiction, and poetry. A variety of program components support this effort. We use groups that review brief assignments written for each conference, craft- oriented writing workshops, forums for critical review of published writing, and collaborations that facilitate ongoing writing projects. We have recruited a cadre of English teachers from area universities who are paired with our psychoanalyst faculty as writing group leaders.

Many of our graduates continue to participate in the program because they find New Directions a supportive professional community in which they can continue to develop. Our students range in age from their thirties to their eighties, they come with a variety of perspectives, and, given the program's design, they are able to come from all over the continent and even from overseas.

Weekends run from 9 a.m. Friday morning to 12:45 p.m. Sunday afternoon, including one evening session. The format includes both large group lectures and discussions and small group meetings, the latter primarily focusing on the participants' writing. Each weekend offers approximately eighteen hours of continuing education credit.

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